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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County grand jury indicted Sen. R.C. Soles for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Last month, a grand jury found probable cause to believe Soles had acted unlawfully when he shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn, a client of his law firm. Soles said former client Kyle Blackburn was trying to break into his home outside Tabor City when the shooting took place five months ago.

Today a grand jury decided there was enough evidence to move forward with a trial for North Carolina’s longest serving state senator. The grand jury met at the Columbus County Court House behind close doors. Nine new members were selected to replace those who had fulfilled their service since granting the presentment last month.

Just after 2 p.m. the jury returned 59 true bills of indictment, one indicting Soles for assault with a deadly weapon, which is a Class E felony.

If he’s found guilty Soles could serve up to two and a half years in prison. His next court date is scheduled for February 10.

Soles’s attorneys Joe Cheshire and Brad Bannon said in a statement: "We are disappointed with the indictment of Senator Soles and maintain that he was acting in defense of himself and his home on August 23. We will continue to work with the Attorney General’s Office to resolve this unfortunate matter, consistent with the truth. Absent any new developments, we will have no further public comment about it."

No word yet on when soles will be arrested or turn himself in.

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  • Cregg Calhoun

    He should serve twenty life sentences for the hypocrital laws he promoted !
    You should not have had a gun in your home to began with with your beliefs ,.

    In my house thier is guns with no vidio tape so they’ll have to go on what I say happened that’s my kingdom !

  • conde

    You probably voted for Obama too! What a bunch of hypocrites. I guess you are part of the group who thinks you can tell the rest of us how to live but laws—or your own words—don’t apply to you?

  • Guest

    The fact that the scumbag was shot in the back of the leg is not proof that he was leaving. It could simply show that when he saw the gun being brandished and pointed at him that he turned in an effort to avoid a deadly shot. Soles should be fairly tried based on all the evidence and have the law fairly applied to him. If he is innocent of any crime then he should be OK in court, if he is not innocent then let the punishment fit the crime.

    My only comment about him is he is typical of most politicians who seem to think they are better than the average Joe. In my opinion this blatant display of his twisted two faced thinking should spell the end of his political career even if he does manage to get away with the shooting.

  • jmm

    If someone, whether I knew them or not, was kicking in my door and did not listen to my warnings…I shoot them too!!! The low life bum got what he deserved!

  • Guest 716

    I can’t beleive that the Democratic Party is still supporting Mr. Soles. This goes to show their integerity and morals. He should be asked to step down. For those who do not think that a persons personal life does not go along with his professional life is badly mistaken. Mr. Soles should be treated as any other citizen and abide by the same rules and laws. The Republicans are correct in their statement that this is not a political item. Do the right thing Mr. Soles and resign your position. Do not embrass the Democrates any more.

  • Rosen

    Soles has spent his life supporting laws that criminalize citizens that own guns for the purpose of defending their property. If he had any moral character, which he does not, he would accept the punishments he supports and voted into law. As usual here is a politician that is representing himself not the people and only interested in saving his own neck.

  • circle8

    Don’t you love these stinking liberals that claim America can not be trusted with owning a firearm and then he shoots A FORMER CLIENT THAT WENT TO HIS HOUSE TO SEE WHY SOLES SCREWED HIM OUT OF SOME MONEY. Then the S C legislators said he was acting in self defense. According to the original story they were in the house discussing the money issue when Soles went for his gun and shot the man. He can protect himself from a client but we as Americans should not be allowed to protect ourselves. He deserves to be jailed for years. Remember liberals always say “DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO”. They think they are special and to that I say B S.

  • Janster

    Long time Anti-Gun Advocate State Senator R.C. Soles, 74, shot one of two intruders at his home just outside TaborCity, N.C. about 5 p.m. Sunday, the prosecutor for the politician’s home county said.
    The victim, Kyle Blackburn, was taken to a South Carolina hospital, but the injuries were not reported to be life-threatening, according to Rex Gore, district attorney for Columbus, Bladen andBrunswick counties..
    The State Bureau of Investigation and Columbus County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the shooting, Gore said. Soles, who was not arrested,declined to discuss the incident Sunday evening.
    “I am not in a position to talk to you,” Soles said by telephone. “I’m right in the middle of an investigation.”
    Soles, a top-ranking Democrat and the longest-serving member of the legislature, already was the subject of an SBI investigation over sexual misconduct allegations with former male clients. (FHW – Now, that sounds more like a liberal to me).

    The Senator, who has made a career of being against gun ownership for the general public, didn’t hesitate to defend himself with his own gun when he believed he was in immediate danger and he was the victim.
    In typical hypocritical liberal fashion, the “Do As I Say And Not As I Do” Anti-Gun Activist Lawmaker picked up his gun and took action in what apparently was a self-defense shooting. Why hypocritical you may ask? It is because his long legislative record shows that the actions that he took to protect his family, his own response to a dangerous life threatening situation, are actions that he feels ordinary citizens should not have if they were faced with an identical situation.

    It has prompted some to ask if the Senator believes his life and personal safety is more valuable than yours or mine.
    But, this is to be expected from those who believe they can run our lives, raise our kids, and protect our families better than we can

  • Johnny Reb

    Isn’t it amusing how this rabid, anti-gun nut happens to have a gun in his own home and manages to shoot someone in the back of the leg who was “supposedly” breaking and entering? It’s about time that this POS got a dose of reality.

  • Guest1978

    For all those that think Soles should not have been indicted because he was defending his life and property are wrong. Blackburn was shot in the back of the thigh and the security video showed Blackburn and Wright leaving the property. That means that his life and property were no longer in danger.

    Granted Blackburn and Wright are career criminals and should be charged with attempting to break into his house, but they were leaving and he did not have to shoot Blackburn. So just because he is a State Senator doesn’t mean he should recieves special treatment. Also on another note if anyone else in the county had been arrested for the same felony they would have recieved more than a $5,000 unsecured bond.

  • Synquest

    I can’t believe how many people support this crook. Might they be the same people that voted for Obama?

  • Guest920

    Then you and your family have never paid attention to the lifestyle of RC Soles.

  • A. Gore

    My husband and I are outraged at this indictment.

    Soles was defending himself and his home from a young man who has been in and out of criminal mischief. He was at Soles’ house, trying to break down the door, and threatening to do bodily harm.

    This indictment looks politically motivated to us.

    One more thing: We and most of our friends and family are behind Soles 100%.

  • Grand Old Party

    We are all outraged that you and your husband are outraged. What a shame. I am sure the fact that he has been accused of molesting young boys has nothing to do with this, it is all just political.

    One more thing: We and most of our friends and family are against Soles 110% that beats you buy 10%

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …know the law or the facts of this incident.

    Using a firearm against another human being constitutes “deadly force.”

    You can legally use said deadly force when you are in fear of death or grievous bodily injury for yourself or another person.

    Soles shot this guy in the front yard, AFTER they were trying to break down his door. It is also reported that the guy was shot in the BACK of his leg. That will be established or dismissed at trial, and if it is found to be true, it is prima facie evidence that Soles was not being attacked.

    Regardless of a person’s crimninal history or general worthlessness as a human being, you can’t shoot someone because they WERE threatening you or because they WERE attacking you. Once the attack ceases, the right to use deadly force ceases.

    If the facts as reported are true, Soles deserves a stay at the crossbar hotel.

  • GuestLEO

    To shoot someone you have to have reasonable fear that your life is in danger, reasonable as in any reasonable person would have done the same thing. Shooting someone leaving the property, posing no immediate threat is against the law. It’s no different than someone shooting someone the next day.

    And there is video tape of the shooting.

  • Guest22

    Which laws you speak of?

  • Joe Jenkins

    Since when do politicians have morals.

  • Lady Gaga

    He is the same jerk off that has voted anti gun in every legislation and decides to pick up a gun and shoot someone. Guns are good enough for him but not for us… What a tool. Karma is a funny drug.

  • The Papa

    Isn’t it a wonder that, even when staring them in the face, people just don’t seem to get it! Soles is not my State Senator, a friend of the family or living in my neighborhood. He is simply a politician that talks out of both sides of his mouth. For those of you that are missing then point, it is simply this. He deserves a fair and impartial trial based on the facts of the case, not hear say. The one fact that is true is that he believes that he is “different” than you or me. He consistently votes against the public at large (that’s you and me) from owning a firearm, but believes he should be allowed to own one because he is “different”. Why is that? He is a citizen of the United States, and as such, is protected by the Second Amendment. You and I are also presented that very same right. Why is it that he should be able to own a firearm, and not you or me? It’s true…you don’t have to own one, but you are entitled to own one, as am I.

  • Tom

    “One more thing: We and most of our friends and family are behind Soles 100%.”

    How can you possibly be behind an anti gun senator owning AND USING a firearm in self defense of his family? I implore you to rethink this position… Are you ok?

    I for one hope he wins his case because his attorneys will have to argue like rabid dogs using using everything he’s sought to suppress for 40 years.

    I’ll tell you what “SHOULD” have happened –

    “Honey I hear a noise outside..”

    “Well what am I supposed to do about it. WE DON’T HAVE A GUN.”

    “Honey, I think someone’s breaking into the house.”

    “Well lets get on the floor now and show him where the safe is so we don’t piss him off!”

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    I couldn’t have said it better. Does this guy think his life or family is more worthy of being defended with a fire arm than the average tax payer??? You bet I hope his lawyer wins this case… in fact, I bet the NRA could give him some advice… Wouldn’t that be a kick in the…

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